Nyquist lifts Red Wings past Panthers

Detroit Red Wings' Riley Sheahan (15) and Florida Panthers' Scottie Upshall (19) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Detroit Red Wings' Riley Sheahan (15) and Florida Panthers' Scottie Upshall (19) battle for the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Gustav Nyquist scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, helping lift the Detroit Red Wings over the Florida Panthers 3-1 on Thursday night.

Brian Lashoff and Daniel Alfredsson also scored and Jimmy Howard made 23 saves as the Red Wings ended a four-game road losing streak.

Scottie Upshall scored and Tim Thomas stopped 30 shots for Florida, which has lost four of its last five.

Detroit took a 2-1 lead when Nyquist grabbed a rebound in the slot in the Red Wings’ zone, brought it along the left boards and beat Thomas high on the stick side at 13:22. Nyquist has nine goals in his last nine games.

Lashoff added an empty-net goal with 20 seconds left.

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first despite a slow start. Upshall came out of the penalty box just in time to take a pass from Tomas Kopecky behind the Red Wings’ defense. His wrist shot from the slot went five-hole on Howard with 26 seconds left in the period — only the second shot of the game for Florida.

The Red Wings tied it at 1 on Alfredsson’s power-play goal at 6:30 of the second when he found a loose puck in front and swept it past Thomas’s stick.

The Panthers, coming off a season-high 48 shots Tuesday against Toronto, managed only two shots in the first, a season-low for a period. At the end of the second, they were outshot 23-8.

NOTES: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, who missed the past 14 games with a lower-body injury, returned to the lineup Thursday. . D Jakub Kindl missed the game with a lower-body injury. . Kopecky recorded his 100th NHL assist.

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